A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Quittance's national network of personal injury solicitors help clients across the country keep more of their compensation.

No matter whether you live in East Calder or anywhere else in the UK, our personal injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a medical centre near your home.

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Eligibility to claim

People who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness like noise-induced deafness may still be eligible for compensation even where the illness's cause happened years or even decades earlier. In such cases, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that matters.

Whether a claim is being made for a work-related illness in East Calder or road accident, there are three main elements to proving a claim. It needs to be proven that:

  • the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care
  • the duty of care was breached
  • this breach caused your illness or injury

A no-obligation phone consultation with a East Calder personal injury solicitor will give information and useful advice.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our easy to use compensation calculator provides you with a good idea of your potential compensation award.

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Work accident claims in East Calder

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from plasterers to corporate treasurers, to secure financial compensation settlements.

Read more: Work injury compensation claim

Road traffic accident claims in East Calder

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of best of breed no win, no fee solicitors are experienced in negotiating maximum settlements for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in East Calder.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in East Calder are common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 502 accidents (450 slight accidents, 47 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Lothian local authority. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 414. Incidents in the East Calder region in 2013 included car crashes on the A71 and A899 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the B8046 and B7015 junction.

Read more: Road accident compensation claim

Other types of claim

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from bladder cancer to asthma caused by grain.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work as a whole in 2015. They are often related to injuries filed under a different category such as being struck by machinery or a drowning accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like sprained ankles sustained on potholes are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Main St.

East Calder experts for serious injury compensation claims

The impact of a serious or catastrophic injury is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when they are calculating injury compensation. By relieving the financial pressure a major injury imposes on a claimant and their family, compensation helps them to concentrate on recovery.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Medical negligence in East Calder

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) describes when a person suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP or other medical professional's carelessness. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the trust or private hospital liable for your injury.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want an explanation as to what went wrong rather than financial damages. To raise a complaint against NHS Lothian, for example, you can write to Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claims

East Calder No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover East Calder and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The national network of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of claim in East Calder, from fast track claims to life-changing clinical negligence. Selected for their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor

Has Quittance handled many East Calder claims?

Quittance is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in East Calder, West Lothian and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout West Lothian get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and ladder accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your claim

It can take several months for the majority of claims to conclude. Cases for very serious injury or illness can take much longer. All solicitors are regulated by the SRA, however the quality of service does vary.

Your solicitor should be someone you can rely on throughout the claims process to offer specialist legal guidance and compassionate practical advice.

Will I need to select a local East Calder solicitor ?

The location of a solicitor is not important as injury cases are normally run by phone, post and email.

However, you should go with a company that provides medical facilities near you as you will usually have to attend a medical examination.

Read more : Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for displaced metatarsal fractures, for example, ranges from ?11,110 to ?20,185 (based on 2015 market data).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

What should be considered when comparing East Calder solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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